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8/30/2007
UK Bicyclist Convicted for Giving Speed Trap Wave
A bicyclist in Crawley, UK found himself convicted of a crime because he waved at motorists in front of a speed trap.

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A bicyclist in the borough of Crawley in West Sussex County, UK was convicted Thursday of waving to passing motorists. Dean Davies, 27, had been riding through Tollgate Hill in April when he saw local police set up a speed trap. Davies waved at oncoming cars to let them know that they should safely slow down.

"It was clear to officers that vehicles were being affected by his actions and an officer warned him he risked being arrested for obstructing police," the Crawley Observer quotes prosecutor Rhiannon Sadler as saying.

Davies continued waving, despite the warning. When three traffic police began to walk toward him, Davies rode away. For this crime, Haywards Heath Magistrates' Court accepted a guilty plea to the charge of resisting and obstructing a police officer.

Source: Speeding off to court (Crawley Observer, 8/30/2007)

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